domain names

Why Has Apple Been Registering Nonsense Domain Names For The Last Year?

Apple owns a bunch of obscure, new and unused domain names, including iPhone.guru, retina.camera and facetime.photography. At least these domains sound like they have a purpose, but the Cupertino company is also doing something a lot weirder. Since March last year, Apple has been registering utterly random domain names and then cancelling them a few days later.


Yahoo's Having A Domain Yard Sale: Who Wants Sandwich.com?

Have you been frustrated to consistently find that the highly specific domain of your dreams is never available? If so, there’s a good chance that Yahoo has been sitting on it for quite some time. And it’s about to be your lucky day — Yahoo is getting ready to sell you 29 of its lifeless, dated domains with even more to come. Tempting!


ICANN Approves First Generic Top-Level Domains -- And They're Non-English

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is currently busy deciding the future of the internet in Durban, South Africa, this week. First on its list: non-English generic top level domains.


Should The .Amazon Domain Belong To The Company Or The River?

Amazon is busy trying to gobble up all kinds of top-level domains — .book, .read, you name it — but it also has its eye on .amazon too. Turns out that the Brazilian and Peruvian governments have something to say about that though and would rather snag it for the famous river.


Google Wants To Create A Dotless Domain Called 'Search'

It’s well known that competitors aren’t keen on Google getting hold of the .search top-level domain. However, the search giant has outlined a new plan that would make use of the string as a dotless domain — open for use by any other search company too.


Publishers File Complaints Over Amazon's Bid To Secure .Book Domain

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers have filed formal objections to Amazon’s bid to secure new generic top-level domains like “.book”, “.author” and “.read”.


Family First NZ Forgot To Renew Its Domain Name, Lost It To Pro-Gay Marriage Group

New Zealand’s political climate isn’t too dissimilar from ours right now. They’re mulling over plain packaging, a carbon tax, a fibre-broadband network and the controversial issue of same-sex marriage. A staunch opponent to the marriage equality movement is Family First New Zealand — a political party that recently collected 50,000 signatures against the move. Little did they know that as they passed around slips of paper to be signed, their domain name had fallen out of registration. It was then swooped on by none other than a pro-Marriage Equality movement.


The University Of Queensland Forgot To Renew Its Domain Name

I remember being a university student. Saturdays on campus were pretty regular. Finishing assessments, meeting up for group work, cramming for a Monday morning exam or just going by the student hub for some free internet to browse Reddit on. Presumably, students at the University of Queensland were doing all of these things when all of the university’s official sites and email addresses stopped working on Saturday. The cause? The university had forgotten to renew its own domain name. Fuuuuuuuuuuuu–


8 Crazy New Internet Domains Companies Want

Not content with the current, perfectly functional system of dot coms and dot orgs, ICANN just allowed 2000 applications for new top level domains for corporations. Get ready for http://hungry.pizza!


Meet The Man Who Registered 14,962 Domains In 24 Hours

This is Michael Mann. Last week, in a binge lasting less than 24 hours, he registered 14,962 domains. He plans to sell them on to the likes of you and me, at an inflated price, to make a bucket load of cash — which is how his company manages to pull in over $US400,000 every month.